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The Latest News on Temple Reopenings

Church leaders express gratitude and emphasize caution, safety and wisdom in the phased reopening process

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Update: The operation of temple services are adjusted weekly and paused when needed. Five temples in Brazil will move to Phase 2-B of operation in coming weeks. Meanwhile, two temples in the Philippines have paused their services.

See a full list of temples and their status.

Since May 2020, temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been reopening in a cautious, careful way, in five phases and based on local circumstances and governmental restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temples in the first four phases are operating on a limited basis. Key precautions will be in place for temple workers and patrons according to local circumstances and government regulations and may include masks, reduced numbers of patrons in the temple at a time, fewer staff in the temple, sanitization after temple ceremonies, social distancing and seating arrangements, and temperature checks at the entrance.

The five phases of opening reduce risk, accommodate the demand and capacity of the temple and observe health restrictions in the temple district.

Phase Totals as of August 3, 2021

Phase 1: 2

Phase 2: 5

Phase 2-B: 19

Phase 3: 125

Phase 4: 0

Paused: 9

Closed: 8

Phase 1: Living husband-and-wife sealings by appointment

Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only with restrictions

Phase 2-B: Open for all living ordinances and baptisms for deceased individuals with restrictions

Temples in these five locations will move to Phase 2-B in coming weeks:

Campinas, Brazil (as early as August 10)

Curitiba, Brazil (as early as August 10)

Porto Alegre, Brazil (as early as August 17)

Recife, Brazil (as early as August 10)

São Paulo, Brazil (as early as August 17)

Phase 3: Open for all ordinances with restrictions

Temples in the following locations will reopen in Phase 3 sometime in August. Members in each temple district will be notified via email when they can make online reservations for their temple.

Medford, Oregon

Spokane, Washington

Phase 4: Open for full operations

Paused Operations

Temples in the following locations have paused operations due to local COVID-19 restrictions.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cebu City, Philippines

Córdoba, Argentina

Durban, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Manila, Philippines

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Suva, Fiji

Sydney, Australia

Temples Closed for Renovation

Columbus Ohio Temple

Hamilton New Zealand Temple

Hong Kong China Temple

Mesa Arizona Temple

Salt Lake Temple

St. George Utah Temple

Tokyo Japan Temple

Washington D.C. Temple

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